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Destination guide

Explore Gaelic cultural celebrations from an Oban lodge

Oban is an ideal place for dog-friendly cottages in Scotland. The seaside town serves as a ferry hub for the nearby islands and boasts an array of fascinating attractions, such as the Oban Distillery, the Dunollie Museum, Castle & Grounds and McCaig's Tower, a hilltop tower with sweeping bay views. If you're bringing your dog, there are plenty of outdoor spaces where you can explore the historic sites while giving your dog some fun and exercise. You can find many restaurants and cafes that allow dogs both indoors and out, so you can enjoy a nice lunch or dinner with your pet after long wilderness excursions.

 
History

Heritage sites near Oban holiday homes

There are also many historic sites to visit in Oban, a number of which are a mere stone’s throw from holiday homes. The ruins of Ardchattan Priory, first erected in 1230, are a local attraction. The Cathedral of St. Moluag’s choir has stood since the 14th century. Gylen Castle comprises a set of ruins dating to the 16th century among scenic green meadows and hills. Castle Stalker is a ruined fortress dating to the 14th century that sits on Loch Islet offers limited guided tours.

Things to do

Things to do near Oban holiday cottages

There are, of course, plenty of things to do just a quick jaunt from Oban holiday cottages. McCaig’s Tower has overlooked the town since 1902 and was built from locally-quarried granite. The Donollie Museum, Castle and Grounds are the ancient ruins of an ancestral clan home that now houses a museum, cafe and gift shop. The Oban Distillery was first founded in the 18th century and is the heart of Oban, around which the city grew, and the Oban War & Peace Museum is a small museum tracing local history through memorabilia and artefacts.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Oban

Do you want to find attractions to see while you're in town? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that Oban has to offer. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Glencruitten Golf Club (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Wings Over Mull (9.3 mi / 15 km)
  • Scottish Sealife Sanctuary (9.6 mi / 15.4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Oban

Travellers enjoy Oban for its island views and seaside. Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Oban. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Ganavan Sands (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Carn Breugach (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
  • Torsa Island (12 mi / 19.4 km)
  • Loch Awe (12.3 mi / 19.8 km)
  • Arduaine Garden (12.6 mi / 20.3 km)
  • Loch Linnhe (12.7 mi / 20.4 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Oban

Fly into Glasgow (GLA-Glasgow Intl.), the closest airport, located 55.1 mi (88.6 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, make your way to Oban Station or Oban Connel Ferry Station and explore the city from there.

How to get around

Transport to your Oban holiday rental

You’ll have your choice of several ways to get around Oban. Many people fly into nearby cities by plane and then make their way to their holiday rental by bus. From town, you can also take a train to see the countryside. You can get a hire car and self-drive your way around town, and cycling and hiking are also great ways to see the sights.

Food & drink 

Regional delicacies in Oban

If you’re going to experience regional delicacies in Oban, get settled into your holiday lettings and then head to taste some genuine Scottish whiskey, the drink that made the city. Many who visit Scotland are interested to try haggis, a savoury pudding made from meat, onions, oatmeal, salt and spices cooked in sausage casing (traditionally sheep’s stomach). Neeps and tatties are a traditional side dish made from turnips, potatoes, butter and chives. Scottish porridge is another must-try dish while in the country and is made from a variety of grains, with each town and venue having its own recipe.

How many holiday rentals are available around Oban?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 423 holiday lettings around Oban. From 306 cabins to 306 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Oban?

There's something undeniably special about the countryside. If you're a city slicker ready for a taste of rural life, we can help you out. HomeAway has 139 rural getaway properties in this destination. Of course, that may not be quite your holiday style. Luckily, HomeAway has plenty more options, including:

  • 96 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 87 mountainside holiday accommodation options.
  • 56 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Oban?

If you're seeking a home away from home this trip, renting a house is a fantastic idea. You and your group will have the space you need for all manner of getaway activities. There are 223 houses currently on HomeAway. Prices start from £55 per night. Or perhaps you'd rather try one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Cottage: 199 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £54 per night.
  • Apartment: 43 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £90 per night.
  • Cabin: 31 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £123 per night.

Can I stay in Oban in a large group?

Getaways with family can be so much fun, especially when you're under the same roof in an awesome new place! If you'll be visiting with a big group, HomeAway can help out. Why not browse through the 64 cottage holiday rentals available here? They're the leading choice for big groups of guests. If you're travelling in a large group, the holiday rental options that can meet your needs include:

  • On the lookout for properties that can fit 6 people? We have 142 that will be perfect. The prices start from £75 per night.
  • Need a place for 5 guests? We have 72 that will serve you well. You can book one for as little as £77 a night.
  • Seeking out rental properties catering to 8 people? You'll be thrilled to find out we have 41 that'll be ideal. You can score one for as little as £83 per night.

So don't fear! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your mom, your grandpa and all your buddies to Oban.